There are a number of student led ensembles that form during the year and practice outside of normal school hours. Most years there are ensembles for brass, flute, saxophone, clarinet and percussion. The groups usually perform at the annual Solo and Ensemble Contest held in the spring. Some ensembles also choose to play at other events for fun. These often include playing prior to MHS play performances, at local Senior housing or even Ridgedale Mall. If you have an interest in playing in a smaller ensemble, contact Mr. Mortensen for more information.
Music Listening is a competition for students throughout the state of Minnesota. Teams of three students study musical pieces selected each year for the contest. Each year the contest has a featured composer, genre and type of ethnic music. This year’s competition featured composer Maurice Ravel, the Minimalism genre and Music in China. The teams meet with Mr. Mortensen to study and prepare for the competition.
Check out the official Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest page.